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In Purrsuit of Flavours…Cinco de Mayo Theme

Let’s get out in the garden and see what mom and dad have accomplished.                                                 

Look, dad was hard at work separating the quack grass from the soil.

The soil is lovely and black. Needs manure mom. I think cattle manure would be best cause it has to produce cukes and peppers. So it needs some pretty skookum proteins.

You’re getting there, mom. Yeah, there is quite a bit more to be done.

Everyone is happily working here, Tyebe so let’s go inside and play in the box Mrs. Amazon sent us.

Have we got all the fixin’s for our drink for In Purrsuit of Flavours, Tyebe Mom picked up our supplies when she went grocery shopping.  Good, let’s get at it.

 Easy Blog and us are hosting In Purrsuit of Flavours. I wonder what Phenny and Nelly are cooking for Cinco de Mayo Day?

Wordless Wednesday or Wordy Wednesday at Comedy Plus is joining the fun here at ground 0.  Simply click on their name or badge and stop by,                                                        Now first of all our drink is called Mexican Meezer. It’s non-alcoholic but is great with some vodka or gin.  Tyebe will be the tester for this drink.  How does the mixture I did for you taste?  Yuck!!  Let’s leave the garlic out completely, Shoko.  It really has a bitter after-taste.  Ok, Tybes.  We have basic ingredients here of cranberry ginger ale, ginger beer, lemon from the plastic lemon, and lime from the plastic lime.

You drank all that cranberry ginger ale testing our Mexican Meezer?  The bottle’s much easier to move now,  It was pretty skookum at 2 litres.  I really needed to go tinkles a lot.

Measurements:

paw……….. ounce
whisker….. squirt
claw………. 1 leaf

Mexican Meezer

3 paws cranberry ginger ale
2 paws ginger beer
2 whiskers lemon juice
3 whiskers lime juice

Served in a wine glass with a blackberry on each side of the glass to resemble ears. Several claws of catnip on the side of the wine glass. If, your Mexican Meezer has too much of a bite to it, then try cutting back on the ginger beer.  Maybe try cutting back a 1/4 of a paw to start.

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Filling In Felines on Friday

  I’ve been out and met with my tuxie friend…..I just call him Tux as he answers to it and its not a hard name to remember.  It describes him too.  He’s about my age and is interested in the same stuff.  He likes climbing trees and then spitting from high up to see what kind of a splat it makes. mol  Cool!  I spot him when he does this and he spots me so we can admire the splats.  Mom didn’t want to take a picture so you will have to just imagine what it looks like.  It is dark and yucky outside so I came in and Tux went home for a snooze.  I think males sleep more than female kitties although Shoko is fast asleep in the basket on the desk.

                                                                   

We are joining Feline Friday on Comedy Plus.  Simply hit the name or the badge and drop in for a visit.                                                             

Here are the Friendly Fill Ins.  Ellen of 15 and Meowing came up with the first two and Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs came up with the last two.  Click on the names and be taken over to their joints.                                                     

Shoko is doing the first 2 fill ins and me the last 2 fill ins.

1. I look forward to….ROLLING IN THE GARDEN…. every spring.                                                 

2. The highlight of my week was……GETTING A RIDE IN THE STROLLER….

                                                             

3. I think …..BUSY….. is the word that best describes me.

                                             

4. Nothing melts my heart like…..MELLOWING OUT ON DAD’S LAP……..

                                                                         

Tyebe Tuesday with the Family June 4th.

Another fine day.  Now, where’s the Shoks?
SHOKO!

What the whisker?  Tyebe be quiet, it is so relaxing here in the sun patch on the deck.  You bellow like a cat stuck in butter.  Geez.                                                                    Go over and see all the work dad did in Angel Kali’s garden, Tyebe
I guess a peek at Kali’s garden would be cool.
I see a weed dadWell, pull it out, Tyebe. 
Ya sure…okay.  Hey, it has nip on it. BONUS!!  mol  Where’s Budd?
Looky here, a hole in the wall.                                         
A silver ball came rolling out.  It’s mine!!
  Anybody in there.  Heeellloo.  I should go inside but I need back up.  Where’s that Tyebe?  Outside!    We’re goin’ to miss out on all the animals in the wall. Dang!
SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
BUDD…….GAG ME GREEN
DAD……..MAGENTA

Why do Hamburgers
go to the gym?

To get better buns.

We went Strolling in the Merry, Merry Lane

 

Nice day and jolly well time I was out for some fresh air.  When was the last time you took me out mom?  Must be 87 months ago.  I really missed seeing the neighbourhood.                                                     Woah, look at that veggie garden in the front lawn. Shoko would never be in the garden.  She’s afraid of zombies around the front.  She only spends a very short time at the front door and then whips around the back.                                                             Interesting, he has pumpkins growing under the corn…..they are rather small though.  I wonder?  Maybe we can try this next year.  I’ll tell Shoko about this.  Speaking of Shoko where is she?

Let’s go up the Lane mom and see if she’s hanging out there.                                                  There she is…Hi, Shoks!  Shhhh..Kali, I’m stalking a mouse…well he hit the road now.                                             Sorry Shoks, that was poor manners on my part.  I should have examined the situation but I was just so darn happy to see you.  Come for a ride with me…it’s neat.                                                         

Kali quit hissing at me!  Well, don’t stand on my back then…I’m not your stepping stone…..geez.                                                    May Thursday bring you peace.

From Veggies to Fish

 

It’s harvest time in the veggie garden!  Mom has been removing the veggies and canning, freezing, dehydrating and eating the veggies.  Slowly the veggie garden is disappearing.                                                         You can see the garden is disappearing. The Brussel sprouts are slow but they taste sweeter after a frost anyhow.

The flower garden is overwhelmed with *Love Lies Bleeding* plants.  Kali and I usually go into the Love Lies Bleeding to get some shade but there was so many of them that we couldn’t get under them.  Disgusting mom!  She says next year she’ll put the Love Lies Bleeding at the back of the garden so they don’t cover all the other plants like they’re doing this year.                                                       As you can see this garden is thick with this dang plant.  The tomatoes will never turn red unless some are pulled out.

Mom sent away to Suddenly Cat for 2 fishes for us.  Gosh!  She sent away like 87 months ago and they arrived on Friday.  I was delighted with this LED fish.  It swims and lights up in water. mol                                                              I was mesmerized by this shiny and bright fish.  Think I’ll call him Jaws.

While Jaws was enjoying his swim around the water bowl, I was trying to figure out how to get him out.  No easy task my friends.  I didn’t want to get my paw wet.                                                   I want to plunk this plastic fish down at Kali’s paws.  Kali gets acne from plastic and I want to see her break out in pimples. MOL

Have a great Tuesday peeps and paws.                                                         

The First Full Day Of Summer Starts Today

Remember my veggie garden when Nellie and I planted it…you too mom!                                                                        After everything was planted it looked like this:                                                                            You can’t even see the hills mom made.

Today the garden is slowly coming along.  It’s been cold and windy here.

This picture has Shoko playing Peek a Boo in the brussel Sprouts.  This was 2 weeks after everything was planted.  Not much change as the brussel Sprouts, corn and cauliflower were transplants.  The potatoes are coming up though.                                                                    

Almost a month later this is the veggie garden.

The only thing that seems to be doing awesome is the potatoes.  We need some heat or everything will remain small.

Wishing for some heat to come our way.                                                                     

Shopping Around the World In November

cute-kitten-sitting-shopping-cartThanks to Piglove and Fozziemum for providing us a forum to tell everybody our recipes.  Go Bacon!

We are supposed to be cooking up a Thanksgiving side dish but our Thanksgiving was last month, in October.  Mom and dad won’t appreciate anything to do with a turkey so close to Christmas.  The peeps in the States can hack it.  Well, we’re a little different.

So what are we cooking then Shoko?  Mom says she’s making up fish cakes.  How un-Thanksgiving like.  Well, this dish is for a break after all that  turkey.  Most of her ingredients are from the vegetable garden….but not the salmon Shoko.  Too bad, we could be rich if mom could grow fish out in the garden.

What’s that Elfin John doing?  You want to help us?  We don’t need your help, thank you.  I think we should let him help, Shoko.  He may be turning over a new leaf and who are we to stop his progress.  I don’t believe it Kali and now I feel guilty.  Oh, alright,,,,he can help us.

Here is a picture of the ingredients.

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Here is a picture of the ingredients mom forgot to show in the first photo.

Now that you’re confused we’ll tell you the ingredients:

1 onion, diced…$.030
1/4 cup shredded carrot…..garden…optional
4 average old potatoes…..garden
1/4 cup green pepper…$0.25
1/4 cup red pepper……$0.25
4 drops Worcester sauce…optional…cupboard
celery leaves….2 tbsps..optional
1/2 cup frozen peas
Sockeye salmon…..150 grams (5.3 ounces)… $5.25

Mom sends to St, Jean’s Cannery for her salmon.  Wonderful tasting salmon.  St. Jean’s Cannery is in the city of Nanaimo where Nanaimo Bars were invented.

We are all ready to get underway.                                                             aashokochef

Fry the peppers, onion,potatoes, dill, fall, nip, Kali, electric, cakes and shredded carrot, until they are just soft. Throw them into the mashed potatoes with Worcester sauce.  Add the dill and all other ingredients.  Your mixture is set to be fried.                                                             aaelfinbowlHey you…Elfin!!!  Get away before you fall in.

Good grief, I need a nip smoothie.  This little guy is getting to me.

aanipdrink2Thank you Kali.

Now, lets get out the electric fry pan.  Turn the temperature to high and spray a bit of oil in the bottom of the pan, about a tbsp.  Shape the cakes into round shapes about the size of a hamburger patty. When these rounds are in the frying pan press them flatter with a spatula. Our fry pan  holds 7 medium fish cakes.                                                                 aafishcakes1

These are the cooking fish cakes.  Mom is not great at flipping them over but she’s the boss.                                                                   aacookfc2There you have it friends.  Now for a sip of my nip smoothie.

What are you doing in my smoothie, you oddball!

aaelfindrinkYuck…I don’t want an elfin smoothie!!

May the food I burn, light your path.

SHOKO…..BLACK

KALI…..ORANGE                                                                            sistersinarmsfall

 

 

Shopping Around the World…One Dish Meal

Fozziemum and Piglove are our fabulous hosts for Shopping Around The World.  This month we are making one dish meals.                                                               ng-cart

Mom decided to make a shrimp casserole.  After trying Sammy’s Shrimp Salad, mom has discovered the tasty joys of shrimp cooking.  Of course, this is Sammy from One Spoiled Cat.

We are ready for some dancin’ and sliddin in the kitchen.  Right mom, OK…. this is serious business.  We’re ready for some Chopin… I mean choppin’ and whiskin’.  I been whiskin’…MOL Just whiskin’….whiskin’my day away.                                                             chefshok   Shrimp Casserole:

Sidekicks $1.25 (ON SALE)                                                                             aasidekickshalf an onion (cupboard)
celery,1 stalk (fridge)
mushrooms,5 (fridge)
carrots,4 small (garden)
beet greens 4 small (garden)
red peppers,3 small (greenhouse)
peas, handful (garden)
beans,8 fresh (garden)
Shrimp 1 300 g. pkge. or (2 shrimp rings….$9.98) Only use 1 box.

I do believe that’s all the ingredients my friends.

DIRECTIONS:

With the sidekicks, cook them as the pkg. states.  As these are cooking, cut up your mushrooms, onion, celery and red pepper and sauté them in 1 tbsp. of olive oil.  TIP:  If you have someone in your household that picks veggies out of the mixture so they don’t have to eat them, chop everything small.  These folk don’t stand a chance in Hades of getting anything out.  MOL Your sidekicks should be ready. Pour the whole thing into your casserole dish and stir. It’s the only thing in there so one swish otta do er. Add your sautéed onion, green peppers, mushrooms and celery. These veggies should be just bendable, they will finish cooking in the casserole and the juices will float about in the mixture. Now you will need to pick some beans, peas, carrots and beet greens. For most folks they can grab a handful of frozen peas and beans and go with that. A few carrots from produce would be nice. If, these are uncooked, partially cook them and add to the mixture. The carrots can be shaved into the casserole or chopped, or anyway you prefer them. You can also add leftovers from the fridge if they would go together.  Any added veggies should be cooked for about 10 minutes or long enough for the veggie to be just slightly soft. No chocolate and beans….it sounds ghastly!
The final ingredient to add is your shrimp. Mom always seems to get shrimp with the tails on them. This is very unpleasant when chowing down on the casserole so you want to remove the tails. I sent Kali to pull all the tails off the shrimp because it is so boring. She is playing…”he loves me…loves me not…loves me…” thinking of her beau Buddy from the Tomcat Commentary by Tim.
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hehe…this isn’t a Persian meal Kali.  I know but when’s mom going to make a Persian dish?  Thought I’d take this opportunity to show off my new Persian garb.

Cook the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  If the casserole starts to look dry add some water…1/4 cup and stir like you’re on nip.  After 15 minutes add the tailless shrimp and cook for another 10 minutes.

aashrimpcass1What are those black blobs in there, mom?  You didn’t grab a few beetles and through them in, did you?  You know Kali probably didn’t get all the tails off the shrimp so they’ll be a little crunchy anyways. No mom…..sorry.  Mom said I was being rude so I’m really sorry, there are no bugs in this casserole, nada….none.  PSSSST….mom burnt the red pepper!  MOL                                                                   aaakalishokfoodBring on the shrimp mom!  We’re waiting patiently.

May your tunnel never develop holes.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

                                                    SHOKOKALI2

Surprise…Ooh La La

Shoko, come on over here.  Leave the digging for now.

Coming Kali…this must be important, Kali never calls me to come and sit with her.                                                             aashokzmcropOk I’m here, what’s the big deal.

Nellie from Nellie on the Edge and her mom, Barb, painted a picture of me and I got it today.  It was even addressed to me.  Aren’t I beautiful?                                                          KaliPainting copy

Nellie’s mom has captured the shape and sea blue of my eyes perfectly.  You’re right it looks just like you, Kali.  I must admit Nellie’s mom did an excellent job of capturing a Kali ghosty.  I could sit and look at me for hours.  Geesh Kali!  Do you know how vain that sounds?  I’m not vain but I also never lie and I look gorgeous.  Did it ever occur to you that I could easily be described as a voluptuous, platinum blond with flame coloured highlights.! Humpf.  Holy Catastrophe Kali.  If it makes you feel better, you’re the best looking ghosty I’ve ever seen.  Now, I’m getting back to the garden.

Come with me my friends.  Let’s spend some quality time with my picture.                                                               kalieaselflipMom is going to frame my picture so everyone can enjoy me.  Thank you so much Barb… we love my painting.

Have a fun day and enjoy the warm summer days as they won’t last.                                                                           SHOKOKALI2

 

 

They Call Me Mister End Spray

astrsngerWho are you and what are you doing on my deck?  Hello pretty lady, my name is Mister End Spray and..Wait, your middle name is End?  Yes it is.  When I was adopted, the peeps weren’t sure whether to have End/ Or as my middle name.  Mom thought Or sounded threatening.  As I was saying dear lady I am selling subscriptions to “Nips Anonymous.”  This is a culinary magazine for gourmets.  I notice the nip in your garden so this magazine is a must.  No, we don’t want a magazine, we can use the computer for recipes.  Aww…I’m trying to pay my way through Rodent School and that is not cheap.  NO! Now, go away.  But Miss Beautiful you have to see the wonderful recipes…. Get off my deck this instant!

 Who’s this Joe Crow, Kali?  He says his name is Mister End Spray and he’s selling subscriptions to “Nips Anonymous” magazine.                                                    aakss   MOL, MOL,MOL ….*snort*….what an odd name.  This guy is relentless so don’t look at him Shoko….he’ll go away.  Take your paws off our deck or I’ll, I’ll get my mom after you.  Scram.  It’s always something Shoks.

Have a great weekend friends and may the Bird of Paradise fly in your mouth.                                                            Kali and Shoks